If electronic music is your thing, then no other instrument can give you as much pleasure as DM6 set by the Alesis can give. While other sets are earning quite a lot of popularities but at the same time acting a little pricey, this set will give you a much simpler convenience and performance in a very low budget. So, you can actually guess what I will talk about here. So, let’s not waste any time and start this Alesis dm6 review.
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8-Piece Elements Alesis Dm6 review
The first reason to have this alesis dm6 review is that it comes with an 8-piece set of drums. It also owns a drum module that you call ‘brain’ to complete the set. When it comes to the module, it is stated to have an internal collection of top-notch drum, percussion and cymbal sounds. Although they boast it to blow your mind away, it still loses some points for the brain. Many people loved the electronic sound of the drum, however, showed disappointment for the brain.
Other than this, it offers 108 sounds or you can call them ‘voices’ that range from different versions of the snare, tom, cymbals and kick. However speaking of the voices, its cymbal might fail to give you a realistic feel. And as for ride response, you might find it irregular as it doesn’t register gentle hits.
However, with the set, you will also get a high hat pad, though it looks less durable. And, it also includes kick pedal and high hat controller. Considering the price, you really might not want to complain about the sound of the set features.
Control, Customization, and Combination
With the DM6, you will be able to edit and save your drum kits while customizing any sound. There is a display that comes with the set. And it’s pretty easy to use it. You will get about 10 preset kits ranging from Latin, DJ, Jazz to Pop and Rock. And you will get to utilize 5 slots that have been offered so you can mix the drums sets up.
Its 8-inch snare pad also does a great job by expanding expressive freedom of playing with several voices per pad.
However, being a practice kit, it serves all the purpose you expect it to. It allows you to experiment and try out inventing top-notch sound and encourages you as well to go for more. The best part is, with this set, you cannot only play drum covers but also create the sound like a piano. So, it is a kind of versatile set that you would wish to go for.
A great thing about this set is that you can hook it up with any computer you want, be it Mac or Windows. You can also utilize headphone or amplifier output if you want to jam in live or practice quietly. Although you will be needing a MIDI-USB cable to utilize this feature and so you will have to buy it separately. You can call it a little drawback for spending some extra money on it, but trust me, you will love it.
Once you get it for the connection, all you will be doing is, plugging it into your computer and the input of USB at the back of the brain. With this, you will be able to send MIDI data to the virtual instrument and software on your computer. Not only that, you can also connect it with your smartphone or mp3 player or iPod as well to mix your creativity in.
Record and rehearse
Speaking more of the set, you will be able to record the sounds you will be playing through a recording software. For this, you can use any software like Reaper that you will get for free or Garage band and Addictive Drums that need to be paid. So, calling it a MIDI controller won’t be wrong as well. As under the control of MIDI, you will be triggering different kinds of sounds stored in the sound library of your software while hitting the pad.
- Multiple drums and cymbals for superior sound.
- Multiple playing options to mix them up and jam out.
- Capable of connecting to different computers and smart devices for playing and recording.
- Advanced brain for controlling settings and using preset options.
- Lightweight and compact in size.
- Durable for its high-quality materials.
- Ideal for any drummer.
- Might sound a bit electric.
- The pad is not durable so may wear out soon.
- The cable and headphone have to be bought separately.
- There is no cymbal choke and no rim click
- Lack of dynamics.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Is it important to connect it to a computer?
A: No, it is not important to connect it to a computer if you don’t find the need for it. Connecting it will just help you play software drum sets that have already been included in the program which you will get after downloading through the internet. You will get software like Garage Band, Addictive drum etc. You will also be able to record the sounds you will be playing. Moreover, you will be able to play other instruments like synthesizers and piano. If you update the firmware, you can improve the drum kits quite a bit.
Q: Can you plug the cable in an amp or do I need a computer?
A: If you want to use the set as a MIDI drum kit, you will get in-built sounds to use them. So, you don’t require any computer for this. You can just plug in the speakers or headphones and play the stuff.
Q: Does the set come with a kick peddle? Does it have cable with it?
A: Yes, the set comes with a kick peddle. And as for the cable, you will have to buy a MIDI-USB cable separately.
So after getting through this Alesis dm6 review, you can say that this can be a very friendly set at a very low price. Although there are some lacking for which it loses some points but in this price, you can somehow forgive the set and still go and grab it.